THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 27, 2017

what you have come to teach can only be taught if you teach it. If you do not teach it, then it cannot be shared

I am so grateful to have my position as a teacher. At the start of each semester I am reminded what a blessing and privilege it is to be in this position. I have heard way too many professors at my school talk about what they have to teach their students. I talk with my students about how we teach each other. Yes, I know a lot and I am here to share my knowledge with them. However, they have taken classes, experienced things, read things, taken courses, and know things I could not learn if I had not met them.

I am also reminded of how much harm the educational system has done to students. I remember reading a book a while back called A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger van Oech. He helped me to understand how our system has taught students that there is A right answer, when there is really not. He wrote,

By the time the average person finishes college he or she will have taken over 2,600 tests, quizzes and exams.  The ‘right answer’ approach becomes deeply ingrained in our thinking.  This may be fine for some mathematical problems, where there is in fact only one right answer.  The difficulty is that most of life isn’t that way.  Life is ambiguous; there are many right answers – all depending on what you are looking for.  But if you think there is only one right answer, then you’ll stop looking as soon as you find one.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 26, 2017

Do we value the teachers in our lives and the tradition of teaching? If not, let us begin by revaluing those who have and do.

Song of the Week

May 25, 2017

I love some of the old Motown recordings like this one that teach us to be there for those we love whenever they need us https://youtu.be/aZavuPOWeJY

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 25, 2017

The classroom is just a room. It makes no promises. It offers you only what you are willing to accept and receive.

 

SPIRITUAL SOUFFLÉ

May 24, 2017

For years, I have wanted to make a soufflé and never did because I had always heard how challenging it was. I had even heard professional chefs talk about how hard it is to get the perfect soufflé, so I let my fear keep me from ever trying. What I have learned is that making a soufflé is like a spiritual journey. There are times that it collapses or does not rise, but generally it is when you have not done something. The same without spiritual journeys, generally it is when we are not doing something or we stop working on our journeys that we begin to collapse and we do not rise in the face of a challenge.

The foundation of every soufflé is the base. You make a base, you fold in whipped egg whites and you bake it. You can make your soufflé savory or sweet, but the basics are the same. If you follow some basic tips, your soufflé will always come out light and airy.

The same is true in some sense in our spiritual lives. If we do not have a spiritual base, regardless of what that base is, we will not grow and evolve. We will like a poorly made soufflé collapse and not rise.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 24, 2017

I tell my students this all the time. Grades are important, but the best grades come not when working for the grade, but when focused on learning.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 23, 2017

It does not take much to change the world. What are you doing to change your life? What are you doing to change the world?

LIFE LESSONS

May 22, 2017

 

One of the quotes I come back to repeatedly in my own journey are the words of Iyanla Vanzant who taught me to give thanks for those who get on my last nerve. Each of them in their own way is helping me to learn something about myself. So often, when we find someone difficult to deal with, we focus our energy on how difficult they are.

One of the things I have come to realize is that it often times it is those people who are here to teach me a lesson. Sometimes they are challenging me to look at when in my life I have been that way. As much as I would like to say I have never been a pain in someone’s life, I am sure I have and will be, albeit intentionally or not. Being able to look at what it is I find so difficult helps me to see how I have done something in my own life. When I work on my own forgiveness for ever having been difficult to interact with, I come to realize the person I am interacting with now is not quite as difficult as I had originally imagined.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 22, 2017

What you think I have taught you is really about me reminding you of something you already know.